Charles Woodson is coming back to the Oakland Raiders, and he is definitely confident that he will play a big role in their upcoming season.
The newest Raider spoke to the media today, and it was clear that he is excited to return to Oakland.
“I’m just going to bring intensity,” Woodson said when asked what he will bring to the Raiders. “I’m a football player. I’m just going to bring a lot of intensity, somebody that is passionate about the game and a guy that knows how to make plays. I think when guys watch me play, I think that raises the level of other guys because of the way I play the game. So I’m going to bring that mindset, that mentality, to the game, same as I always have, and have fun doing it.”
Woodson spoke about the fans, who were waiting outside the team headquarters for him to arrive.
“I’ll tell you man, it was overwhelming,” he said on the fans. “I think that if at any time I’d ever forgotten what the love was like in Oakland, I was definitely reminded yesterday.”
“I think that I was actually scared of leaving the facility to not having a deal done. I don’t know if I would have made it out of there,” he continued.
A 14-year veteran, Woodson was drafted by the Raiders and spent eight seasons in Oakland before moving on to Green Bay. He was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998.
He has received numerous accolades throughout his career as an eight-time Pro Bowler, seven-time All-Pro member and Super Bowl champion. Woodson was also the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.
Now back with the Raiders, he will be looked up to by many of the younger players as a mentor.
“I try not to step on any coach’s toes as far as what I’m telling the young guys or what I’m trying to give them,” said Woodson. “But I know guys will ask questions and I’m always going to be there to answer those questions and whatever I can do, whatever input I can give those guys, that’s definitely what I’m going to do. If I can be a help to them, and it’s going to help us win ultimately, I have to do it.”